Russia in 1919

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: On August 27, 1914, in London, I made this note in a memorandum book: "Met Arthur Ransome at _'s; discussed a book on the Russian's relation to the war in the light of psychological background-folklore." The book was not written but the idea that instinctively came to him pervades his every utterance on things Russian. The versatile man who commands more than respect as the biographer of Poe and Wilde; as the translator of and commentator on Remy de Gourmont; as a folklorist, has shown himself to be consecrated to the truth. The document that Mr. Ransome hurried out of Russia in the early days of the Soviet government, was the first notable appeal from a non-Russian to the American people for fair play in a crisis understood then even less than now.

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Cover image: Soviet leaders on Red Square in Moscow, November 1919.

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